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Nov 10,2006
Whether you begin buying gifts after Thanksgiving on Black Friday or online on Cyber Monday, you're contributing to the busiest shopping season of the year. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent $438.6 billion during the 2005 holiday shopping season. This number is expected to increase by five percent this year to $457 billion. That's good news for retailers. It may also be good news for thieves. "Credit card fraud can affect anyone, at ... [full story]
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Sep 29,2006
It's that time again -– time to make health benefits decisions for the year ahead. If you have health benefits through your employer, this likely means you. When it comes to Open Enrollment, the time typically from October to December when many people have the opportunity to re-evaluate health benefits for the year ahead, where do you even start? A new guide, “Navigating Your Health Benefits For Dummies,” can help. Even if you don’t have ... [full story]
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Dec 08,2006
Each year consumers spend many hours preparing taxes hoping they don’t owe the government money. But what many fail to realize is that the government isn’t the only one who may collect their hard earned cash -- so may identity thieves. In a time where one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, it’s important to ensure that the multitude of documents used to prepare taxes are appropriately stored or destroyed. In 2005, consumers lost nearly ... [full story]
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Oct 26,2007
Five Steps to Get You Back on Track The housing market is in shambles and every day the bleak news seems to get worse. With foreclosures at a record high, economists predict the pace won’t slow down for at least another 6 months. Behind these grim statistics are families who are struggling and desperate, trying to figure out how to hang on to their homes and ease their money woes.  If you’re one of those ... [full story]
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Feb 02,2007
Insurance.com, the largest online auto insurance agency in the United States, reports a decrease in auto insurance rates depending on geographical location. The company’s 2006 Auto Insurance Pricing Report shows a national decline in premiums of 5.7% or approximately $116 in 2006. Insurance.com, the largest online auto insurance agency in the United States, reports a decrease in auto insurance rates depending on geographical location. The company’s 2006 Auto Insurance Pricing Report shows a national ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
The New Year marks the beginning of new goals, opportunities and exciting adventures.  For some, it is a time of reflection on past experiences, accomplishments and failures.  For most, the New Year is a time to determine and undertake new improvements and to set new financial goals.  Setting financial resolutions and keeping them are two different issues.  It's easy to know what you want and to get excited about your New Year's aspirations.  The hard ... [full story]
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Dec 26,2006
New rules to further protect consumers from high-cost loans Governor Ted Kulongoski and the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services (DCBS) recently announced new rules that will close potential loopholes in the payday lending legislation the governor signed in April. “Last April, the Legislature and I worked to enact important legislation to protect hard working Oregonians from predatory lending practices,” said Governor Ted Kulongoski. “These new rules will help us ensure that we carry out ... [full story]
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Dec 29,2006
Mortgage rates moved higher for the third consecutive week following strong consumer spending figures for November. The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage was 6.23 percent as of Wednesday, Dec. 27. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the 30- year fixed rate mortgages had an average of 0.25 discount and origination points.  The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage popular for refinancing nosed higher to 5.96 percent. On larger loans, the average jumbo 30-year ... [full story]
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Feb 09,2007
'Direct Deposit of Refund' form allows filers to split refund among three accounts, enabling greater opportunities for saving Countrywide Bank, N.A., a member of the Countrywide Financial Corporation family of companies, announced that it will offer a link to Internal Revenue Service Form 8888 on its Web site as part of its ongoing national initiative to encourage consumers to save more of their hard-earned money. A link to Form 8888 is available at countrywidebank.com through ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
(Salem) — The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) today announced several measures it is taking to strengthen its regulation of the mortgage lending industry. The changes — which include adopting new rules and guidelines, and increasing education and enforcement efforts — are in response to consumer and industry concerns. “Mortgage lending is a key part of Oregon’s economy, and taking out a mortgage is often the single largest financial decision an Oregonian will ... [full story]
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Jan 12,2007
Opening gifts during the holidays is fun; opening the resulting bills is no fun at all.  Yet every holiday season millions of consumers use their credit cards to finance gifts they don't have the cash to pay for.  Around the middle of January, holiday bills start arriving and a strong case of post-holiday remorse sets in.  When faced with the post-holiday blues, debt can seem overwhelming and impossible to handle.  If you are feeling sick ... [full story]
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Feb 09,2007
As of October 18, 2006 the popular capital gains tax deferral tool the Private Annuity Trust (PAT) has been deemed obsolete by changes in tax regulations. Businesses and sellers of appreciated assets such as real estate used the Private Annuity Trust to defer and reduce capital gains tax liability; however, with the recent tax changes sellers are forced to look to new alternatives. According to national structured sale annuity expert Jack Meligan of Settlement Professionals ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
Veteran public radio reporter and host Tess Vigeland is the new host of Marketplace Money(R), the weekend personal finance program produced and distributed by American Public Media(TM). Vigeland's first broadcast as host is scheduled for Saturday, March 3. Kai Ryssdal, who previously held the role, will remain as weeknight host of Marketplace(R), public radio's award-winning daily magazine on business and economics news. Marketplace Money extends the sound of Marketplace to the weekends as the "money ... [full story]
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